When I develop with Django I'm constantly searching documentation, trying to figure out new modules and generally looking for answers to new problems as they arise. Today I'm introducing a new project, Findjango, which hopes to being a valuable resource for searching on Django-related topics.
One of the most common quickie projects on the web is to screenscrape a website and play around with its data. These projects are a lot of fun, and can allow for inventive mashups, but often the screepscraping scripts cause unnecessary load on the site's servers due to inconsiderate technique. This is an introduction to the art of compassionate screenscraping.
A simple but helpful trick for using optional parameters in Django views to allow one view to serve multiple urls with varying parameters.
Moving along in the Two-Faced-Django series, we look at using JQuery for Ajax in the webapp portion of our program.
The first example in the Loosely Coupled Django series, this entry looks at replacing Django's template language with the freshly released Jinja2 template language.
The second example in the Loose Coupling in Django series. This one looks at a place where Django's loose coupling is at its tightest: the Django ORM.
I've been working on a Facebook application with a couple of friends recently. We decided to use PyFacebook library, but there was a brief period of intense confusion on my part about how to use the PyFacebook library without the included middleware. I worked through it, though, and this article has some advice on how you can do the same.
PyObjC is one of the most helpful projects I have ever used, but a number of individuals have been having trouble getting started with PyObjC on Leopard because the documentation is in a bit of a disarray. In particular, there didn't seem to be a comprehensive tutorial that could introduce a newcomer to all the important aspects of PyobjC, and that was completely up to date. Here is my attempt to fill that void. With a vengeance.
The first article of an eight article series on using Django to create apps that exist simultaneously as independent web applications and as Facebook applications. This segment covers putting together our development setup.
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